Mapquest's navigation app already offers a slew of features that we've come to expect from a worthy GPS app, but it has recently seen an update that brings Skyhook's hybrid positioning engine into the mix. This engine not only uses satellites for global positioning, but it also judges accurate location by using nearby WiFi networks (Google Location does this as well - but Skyhook utilizes their own proprietary magic and claim it's more accurate).

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Even though Google and Skyhook haven't always played nice, the addition of the Skyhook engine in Mapquest really does make it a worthy competitor to our beloved Google Navigation (some may say that it already was). It includes a swarm of the same features - like voice search, turn-by-turn voice navigation, auto-reroute, and walking or driving direction.

Mapquest is free in the Android Market, so give it a whirl and let us know how it compares to Google Navigation in your area.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Robotman

    Casa Bonita? Who took these screenshots? Ah, memories of Denver...

    Seriously, I played with it, and doesn't seem much different than Google's Navigation. Has anyone found a difference?

    • CactusCat

      Yes, Casa Bonita... very good food. The original opened here in OKC in 1968. I used to go there and eat all I could for $1.25. Those were the days. OKC store closed in 1993. The Tulsa store opened in 1971 and was there for many years, however it has opened and closed several times and is now closed. I guess the Denver store is the only one that is left.